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Open Access in the United States

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Open Access? Open Research?
What does it mean for researchers in the United States? 

Open access makes published academic research freely and permanently available online. Anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.

It is also part of the larger umbrella term 'open research' that looks beyond the peer-reviewed journal article or book at the wider research cycle. Open research is also referred to as 'open science' or 'open scholarship'.

In the United States (US), open access has grown much more slowly than in Europe, with fewer colleges and funders expecting researchers to make their research open access from publication.

An alternative to full or 'gold' open access - where the final published article is permanently and freely available online for anyone to read - is green open access. This means that an earlier version of the article is posted online, possibly in a repository. Most funders in the US have a green open access policy, including the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Explore Open Select journals popular with researchers in the US

Journal TitleJournal ScopeIndexing
Aging & Mental Health The aging process and mental healthScopus, SSCI, 2018 IF 2.956
Cognition and EmotionEmotion related to cognitive processesScopus, SSCI, 2018 IF 2.370
Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social SciencesTheoretical, empirical, pragmatic research across the social sciencesScopus, SocIndex, Current Abstracts
Educational Research and EvaluationEducation theory and practice2018 CiteScore 1.32 - values from Scopus, ERIC, ERIH
Gifted and Talented InternationalGiftedness, talent, and creativity in children, adolescents, and adultsEBSCO, ERIC, ProQuest
Journal of Personality AssessmentPsychopathology, maladaptive personality, normative personality processesScopus, SSCI, 2018 IF 2.829
Journal of Teaching in International BusinessInternational business; global mindset and optimum, cost-effective learning 2018 CiteScore: 0.74 - values from Scopus, EBSCOhost, ProQuest
Memory Developmental, Educational, Neuropsychological, Clinical, SocialScopus, SSCI, 2018 IF 1.713

Explore Open Access journals popular with researchers in the US

Journal TitleJournal ScopeIndexing
Cogent Arts & HumanitiesCultural Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Visual ArtsDOAJ, Scopus, ESCI
Cogent Business & Management Accounting, Management, Marketing, OperationsDOAJ, EBSCO, ESCI
Cogent EducationCurriculum, Policy, Assessment, DevelopmentDOAJ, Scopus, ESCI
Cogent PsychologyClinical, Social, Health, DevelopmentalDOAJ, Scopus, ESCI
Cogent Social SciencesCriminology, Geography, Sociology, SportDOAJ, Scopus, ESCI
European Journal of PsychotraumatologyConsequences of stress and traumaPubMed Central, DOAJ, 2018 IF 3.020
Health Psychology & Behavioral MedicinePsychosocial, behavioral and biomedical aspects of healthDOAJ, Scopus, ESCI
Journal of Applied EconomicsApplied issues in micro and macroeconomicsDOAJ, SSCI, 2018 IF 0.588

A-Z of Open Access

Free Access: Articles in subscription journals which are available for non-subscribers to read.
Funder Mandates: Authors are required by their funder to publish open access.
Gold Open Access: The final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read.
Green Open Access: When an earlier version of a manuscript is posted online or in a repository, also known as 'self-archiving'.
Hybrid Open Access: An article that is published open access but in a journal with a subscription-based model.
Open Access: Published academic research is freely and permanently available online. Anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.
Open Research: Other 'open' outputs of the research cycle, including research data, code and lab work.
Open Select: The same as hybrid open access.
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Funding for researchers in the US

When publishing gold open access, researchers or their institutions or funders often need to pay an article publishing charge (APC). However, there are many funding options available to help authors cover these charges.

The charge for your article may differ from the standard APC if your institution or research funder has an open access publishing agreement or an open access membership with Taylor & Francis.

In addition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy and the OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) memorandum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization offer open access funding internationally.

For more information on funding in the US, check out the National Funder section of our dedicated page.
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